Firstly, the shortlist for the Australian Shadows award have been announced here
. Some surprises on the list, not so much from what's nominated (all extremely worthy nominees) as what's not. fearofemeralds
's Aurealis Award-winning "Painlessness" is a notable omission, though I guess, since she's the director of the awards, that might have been due to a perceived conflict of interest. Still, the best should always out, surely? I'm also very disappointed in myself not to make the list; it's always the way, the years I think I have a really strong output, it all comes to naught, while the years I think I've been weaker I tend to do better in the nominations field. It proves that I have absolutely no idea what the hell I'm doing, clearly!
Secondly, nominations for the West Australian Science Fiction Foundation awards (better known as the Tin Ducks) are now open
. I've nominated my favourite WA-written story of last year, battblush
's "The Conductor's Tale" from Canterbury 2100
. I've decided not to nominate myself this time around, as it feels self-serving, plus, y'know, probably not even going to Swancon anyway! But if anyone else REALLY wants to, my eligible works last year were:"Bedbugs", Voices
"The Dead Priest's Tale", Canterbury 2100
"Piggies", Midnight Echo Issue 1
"Catharsis", Black Box
"3:17AM", Black Box
"Skin Songs", 2012
Although, actually, come to think of it, please don't
nominate me. That'll make a clean sweep of all the awards this year, no nominations whatsoever, which would be awesome... in a perverse kind of way!